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Top 5 attractions and shopping spots for visitors in Denver

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The five most visited attractions in Denver are The Denver Zoo, Colorado State Capitol, Coors Brewery, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre and Denver Botanic Gardens, according to a study released today by VISIT DENVER, the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. Coors Brewery is in Golden and Red Rocks Park is in Morrison, both western suburbs of Denver.

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The other most sought-after attractions in order are: The Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado Rockies, Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park, Downtown Acquarium, U.S. Mint, Buffalo Bill’s Museum & Grave, Colorado Railroad Museum, Butterfly Pavilion and the Denver Broncos.

Shopping and entertainment also are popular with tourists in the Mile High City. The current top five spots are the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, LoDo (Lower Downtown Historic District), Cherry Creek Shopping Center/Cherry Creek North, Outlets at Castle Rock (30 minutes south of Denver) and Denver Pavilions (on 16th Street Mall). Other favorite places to spend money are Park Meadows, Larimer Square, Flatirons Crossing Mall, Shops at Tabor Center and Belmar.

Visits to Denver, the capital city of Colorado, have reached an all-time high. The same study shows that leisure travelers reached a record high of 5.5 million in 2013. Combined with business travelers and vacationers visiting friends and relatives, the overall overnight visitor number hit a record of 14 million, garnering more than $4 billion for the city.

“It’s exciting to see that our marketing efforts are working and we are continuing to drive new lucrative ‘marketable’ visitors to Denver,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, the city’s official tourism marketing arm.

Tourism (which includes the airline industry) is the second largest industry in Denver, with manufacturing being first and agriculture coming in third.

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